Antiquities Beyond Humanism

ISBN : 9780198805670

Emanuela Bianchi; Sara Brill; Brooke Holmes
336 ページ
138 x 216 mm




Greco-Roman antiquity is often presumed to provide the very paradigm of Western humanism. This paradigm has been increasingly thrown into question by new theoretical currents such as posthumanism and the "new materialisms", which point toward entities, forces, and systems that pass through and beyond the human and which dislodge it from its primacy as the measure of things. Antiquities beyond Humanism seeks to explode this presumed dichotomy between the ancient tradition and the twenty-first century "turn": fourteen original essays explore the myriad ways in which Greek and Roman philosophy and literature can be understood as foregrounding the non-human rather than simply reflecting the ideals of classical humanism. Greek philosophy is filled with metaphysical explanations of the cosmos grounded in observations of the natural world. Other areas of ancient humanistic inquiry-ethics, poetry, political theory, medicine, rhetoric-extend into the realms of plant and animal life, even stone life, continually throwing into question the ontological status of living and non-living beings. By casting the non-human or more-than-human in a new light in relation to contemporary questions of gender, the environment, and networks of communication, the volume demonstrates that encounters with ancient texts, experienced as both familiar and strange, can help forge new understandings of life, whether understood as zoological, physical, psychical, ethical, juridical, political, divine, or cosmic.


List of Contributors
1 Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, and Brooke Holmes: Introduction
Part 1: Posthuman Antiquities?
2 Adriana Cavarero: The Human Reconceived: Back to Socrates with Arendt
3 Ramona Naddaff: Hearing Voices: The Sounds in Socrates's Head
4 Michael Naas: Song and Dance Man: Plato and the Limits of the Human
5 Miriam Leonard: Precarious Life: Tragedy and the Posthuman
Part 2: Alternate Zoologies
6 Sara Brill: Aristotle's Meta-zoology: Shared Life and Human Animality in the Politics
7 Kristin Sampson: Sounds of Subjectivity or Resonances of Something Other
8 Mark Payne: Shared Life as Chorality in Schiller, Holderlin, and Hellenistic Poetry
9 Giulia Sissa: Apples and Poplars, Nuts and Bulls: The Poetic Biosphere of Ovid's Metamorphoses
Part 3: Anthro-excentric
10 James I. Porter: Hyperobjects, OOO, and the Eruptive Classics - Field Notes of an Accidental Tourist
11 Emanuela Bianchi: Nature Trouble: Ancient Phusis and Queer Performativity
12 Brooke Holmes: On Stoic Sympathy: Cosmobiology and the Life of Nature
13 Rebecca Hill: Immanent Maternal: Figures of Time in Aristotle, Bergson, and Irigaray
14 Claudia Baracchi: In Light of Eros


Emanuela Bianchi is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature with affiliations in Classics and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New York University. She works at the intersection of ancient Greek philosophy and literature, French and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos (Fordham University Press, 2014), and has published numerous articles in journals including Hypatia, The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Philosophy Today, Epoche, and Angelaki. She is currently at work on a manuscript provisionally entitled Emergence and Concealment: Nature, Hegemony, Kinship.; Sara Brill is Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University, where she has also served as Chair of the Classical Studies Program. She works on the psychology, politics, and zoology of Plato and Aristotle, as well as contemporary feminist and political theory. She is the author of Plato on the Limits of Human Life (Indiana University Press, 2013) and has published numerous articles on Plato, Aristotle, Greek tragedy, and the Hippocratic corpus. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Aristotle on the Concept of Shared Life, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.; Brooke Holmes is Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University. Her research centres on ancient medicine and life science, Greek literature (especially Homer and tragedy), ancient philosophy, reception studies, literary theory, and continental philosophy. She is the author of The Symptom and the Subject: The Emergence of the Physical Body in Ancient Greece (Princeton University Press, 2010) and Gender: Antiquity and its Legacy (I. B. Tauris and OUP, 2012) and has co-edited four books, including the experimental publication Liquid Antiquity (DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, 2017), which was accompanied by an exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens. She is currently at work on a book entitled The Tissue of the World: Sympathy and the Concept of Nature in Greco-Roman Antiquity and directs the research network Postclassicisms.